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INVOC Coaching and Training Series 

The autumn series will begin after the summer holidays.  There will be three sessions, with a general theme/focus of route choice.  The sessions will be suitable for yellow to black standard orienteers - subject to coach availability.

  • Session 1: Saturday 25th August: Kinmylies 
  • Session 2: Sunday Oct 14th: Nairn East Beach
  • Session 3: Sunday Nov 18th: Littlemill

Juniors- Join in with the INVOC Talon Training Squad at each of these sessions (up to TD3).  Sessions include route choice and Relocation. Juniors running light green to brown join the Junior Development Squad. 

Requests for coaching themes always welcome.

Session 3: Sunday Nov 18th: Littlemill

Building on the previous session in Kinmylies and Nairn East Beach, we will be focusing on in terrain route choice exercises for light green to black standard, and attack points (orange) and map familarity (yellow).  

Time: All training groups meet at 10.45am for an 11am start.   

What to bring: Warm clothing as Littlemill is quite exposed. TD3, 4 & 5 groups will need compasses whistles and a timing device

Safety:  There may be ticks so please check yourselves after training

Directions: Take the A9 south from Inverness. About 1.5 km past Daviot Church take the B 851 signposted to Fort Augustus.  After aprox 1km park in the FC carpark on the LHS.  There will be an 'O' kite here. The carpark is small so we will need to park considerately

Toilets: Nearest are at 'The Dairy' at Daviot -  the opposite direction up the B851 from the A9 and a great place for a bite or an ice cream!

Costs:  £2 

Coaches: For training groups led by coaches: Colin Simpson (TD2) & Jacquie Laird TD3 (INVOC Talons Training Squad), Suzanne Robins-Bird (TD4)  & Joyce Brunton (TD5) (INVOC Junior Development Squad and seniors).

To register: Sign up via the Google form here [by Friday 16th Nov]


Contact: Suzanne Robins-Bird: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Coaches' Tips

For those of you who need to brush up on your control description symbols, they are all here


If you want  an idea of what techniques you need to be mastering next, have a look at the BOF step system chart here

New Coaches

We always have room for more coaches. If you love orienteering, working with youngsters/adult beginners and want to pass your skills onto others, you're the person we are looking for.

The current system for qualifying as a coach involves attending a one day Coaching Foundation Course followed by a 2 day residential course at Glenmore Lodge to take you to UKCC Level 1. This would then qualify you to coach up to TD3 with certain restrictions. Funding is normally available to cover the cost of courses.

Further details and dates are on the SOA website

Suzanne would be happy to answer any queries you may have about the process - just email coaching"at"

Junior Badges and Incentives

Star Awards

We are intending to implement a new * Star * Award system shortly which will enable juniors to keep track of their own progression through learning the different skills and help coaches to fill in any gaps. Folders and record sheets will be given out at Abriachan.

Juniors! Collect event badges for attendance at events. Badges are awarded after attending 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 events. Download your event record sheets here, or contact the coaching team - coaching"at"

Record sheet - events 1 to 10

Record sheet - events 11 to 25

Record sheet - events 26 to 40

Record sheet - events 41 to 50